Definition of hardware in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhärdˌwer/


1Tools, machinery, and other durable equipment: tanks and other military hardware
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  • The reliability of military equipment and hardware is also on a steady decline.
  • Global politics shift, military hardware and strategies are tried and tested and new forms of protest emerge.
  • Yet for all the talk of military hardware and holy war, little time is devoted to what happens if it goes wrong.
1.1The machines, wiring, and other physical components of a computer or other electronic system. Compare with software.
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  • This avoids the complications that often result from putting old hardware into new equipment.
  • The development and testing of the Alarm hardware was a lengthy and challenging process.
  • It has put in - for free - Wi-Fi hardware equipment in a slew of hotels around Ireland.
1.2Tools, implements, and other items used in home life and activities such as gardening.
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  • They aren't expensive and are sold by DIY shops, hardware stores and locksmiths.
  • Chris and her brother Jim run it alongside the grocery business, hardware store and fishing tackle shop.
  • Retail products range from work wear and lawn and garden supplies to hardware and pet foods.
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